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Interior Design 2020: Creating the Perfect English Home

Interior Design 2020: Creating the Perfect English Home

Interior Design 2020: Creating the Perfect English Home

Seeking confidence with colour? Then you’ll love the in-depth chapters on colour which look at 24 of the most popular shades and hues in turn. There is detailed advice on how to use each, along with personal insights and case studies from top interior designers, including Nina Campbell, Joanna Wood, Emily Todhunter, Kit Kemp and many more, which make for fascinating and authoritative reading. Learn how to design your own room schemes too, from making mood boards to smart ways to safety check the perfect paint tones. And for even more detail we also bring you special insights from yet more designers sharing their design rules for how to use pattern, create a focal point, decorate with antiques and understand the importance of decorative details. Finally – those seeking professional assistance will find our directory of interior designers, invaluable in commissioning a respected name to help achieve for the most polished end results.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
One-off
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1 min.
editor’s welcome

Confidence with colour is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many a home decorator. There are so many beautiful hues to choose from, and whittling down the options can feel daunting. However, I’m a big believer in starting with your instincts and suggest that you will automatically find yourself drawn to certain areas of the colour spectrum. Getting to know your home in all lights and seasons, too, will show that it gives clues as to the colours it suits best. Inside our 2020 Interior Design guide, you will find chapters on the most popular colours, with detailed advice on how to use them. Additionally, our Decorating Editor, Katy Mclean, has gleaned fascinating personal insights along with case studies from some of the top interior designers in the country, which…

4 min.
how to use pattern successfully

What does the addition of pattern give to an interior? And why is pattern an important element to introduce? My aim when decorating a house is to transform it into a home. Pattern adds warmth, softens, makes wide spaces feel cosier, rooms feel comfortable and it can be an economical way of filling a room without much in it. Do you have favourite types of pattern, and why? I can’t conceive of a room without pattern. I love pattern. I’m terribly fond of small geometric patterns. I also like patterned weaves as they provide both pattern and texture. When adding patterns to a room, where do you start? For example, with the colour, the mood, the period of the room? Wendy Nicholls [a director at Sybil Colefax & John Fowler] once told me houses tell…

2 min.
creating a focal point

How important is it to have a focal point in any room? And should there be more than one? This depends on the use of the space and would differ in importance depending on whether it was a reception room designed for entertaining or a cosy snug for family use. The focal point can also lie within the architectural features and, therefore, the interior design might want to be more restrained or conversely celebrate the feature via clever lighting or paintwork. In the case of multiple focal points, we would always suggest these vary in scale to create a more layered aesthetic and avoid competing focal points. It’s also sometimes more appropriate to celebrate the smaller details, whether it’s a little corner that can be turned into a cosy reading nook or creating…

3 min.
detail in design

Can details make or break a room scheme? We feel the design is definitely in the detail. In this modern world, where it may appear easy to put together a ‘magazine’ look from the myriad of choice, in reality it can all too often be soulless and unhomely. The design of a home should reflect the personality and practicality of everyday life whilst also being enjoyable, inspirational, beautiful and comfortable. This is where the detail comes in – be it the trim on a chair that elevates a more standard fabric, the reworking of treasured and inherited family heirlooms, or the fact that all the ironmongery matches and is just the right balance of warm, smart and reassuringly solid but definitely not ‘bling’. What do you consider to be a ‘detail’ for an…

4 min.
decorating with antiques

What does decorating with antiques lend to an interior? Antiques add character and a certain softness to an interior, even if just incorporating one piece to create a special focal point in an otherwise modern room. They also show off fine craftsmanship that most modern pieces can’t rival. Does every interior benefit from the addition of an antique? Yes, in my opinion. A strategically placed antique in a very modern interior adds an element of surprise – the unexpected – and the juxtaposition creates an even stronger statement. How does one integrate antique pieces into a more contemporary interior? For a modern interior, if only having one antique, be brave and choose something extraordinary to make it the statement piece. The same goes for an interior that is mainly antiques, make sure that your modern…

7 min.
creating a room scheme

Fresh beginnings. A blank canvas. A thrilling chance to express your personality – or perhaps, a daunting challenge? Designing a new room scheme – whether starting from scratch in a new-build, conversion or extension, or simply making over an existing room – will doubtless feel like all of the above unless you are enlisting the help of a professional interior designer. However, rest assured that some careful thought, detailed planning and insider knowhow can offer invaluable help in creating a space that is not only functional and comfortable, but that also reflects your tastes and is tailored to suit. The logical place to start is by closely analysing how the room is – or will be – used. “Really examine this, even if you are simply redecorating and not actually changing…